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Emergent Church: Conclusions & Links

The Emergent (Emerging) Church started as a response/reaction to the institutionalization and pragmatism of "evangelicalism" at the end of the last millennium and the beginning of the new. It was fairly quickly exposed, by those outside of it, as a new kind of post-modern liberalism with a faulty emphasis on a kind of liberation/kingdom theology as advanced by men like Brian McLaren in "The Secret Message of Jesus." The lack of influence has not diminished, nor will the leaders fade away, even though it has purposely failed to "define" itself internally. That lack of definition, for the emergent, is a badge of honor. And, for the emergent, "clarity" is, evidently, the unpardonable sin. It soon began to steer its' course into a mystical/contemplative journey as evidenced in these links below:

Alan Jones's Reimagining Christianity: the Way Back to Rome - By Richard Bennett
Catholic Mysticism and the Emergent Church Reexamined - By Richard Bennett (video)
The Emerging Church: Another Road to Rome - By Roger Oakland
Emerging Church: Leading Protestants Back to Rome - By Mike Gendron
Emergent Church - More Links

A list of those involved or associated with those in this movement either currently or historically would include: Phyllis Tickle, Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren, Shane Clairborne, Tony Jones, Diana Butler Bass, Alan Jones, Carl McColman, Doug Pagitt, Jay Bakker, Richard Rohr, Leonard Sweet, Jim Wallis, Rob Bell, Dan Kimball, Spencer Burke.

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